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One of Perth's most popular and finest beaches, Scarborough is about 11 kms from the city centre.  A Mr Patrick Callaghan from Melbourne saw the potential and then bought all the land in this district in 1892 with an eye to subdividing it and selling it off, which he did. The street now known as Drabble Road was then called Scarborough Road. The suburb came from the road name which in turn probably came from the northern English beachside town


Scarborough - Observation City

This is a beach-side view of the Rendezvous Observation City Hotel. October 2007. Photos Ref: SCAR001


Scarborough - Observation City

Rendezvous Observation City Hotel and a section of the beach boomerang shelter. This is taken from close to the beach. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR002


Scarborough - Observation City

Here is a view of Rendezvous Observation City Hotel's southern face. The traffic lights are at Scarborough Beach Road. To the left is the shopping centre, including Coles. Further left are Norfolk Island pine trees and behind them is the ocean. December 2014. Photos Ref: SCAR003


Scarborough - West Coast Highway

A view looking north along West Coast Highway up towards the intersection of Scarborough Beach Road. December 2014. Photos Ref: SCAR004


Scarborough - Zanders

Zanders Scarborough Beach Restaurant on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and the Esplanade. Nice lines and colours and have a somewhat Mediterranean feel. This building goes all the way back to 1935 when it was constructed as the single storey Kool Korner Cafe. The two upper floors were added in 1953. Later it has been known as The Sandbar, Villa Bianchi and at another time the Tyrol Cafe and flats. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR005


Scarborough - Torch Bar

Next door to Zanders is the Torch Bar. This is one of many small-bar businesses cropping up all over Perth to cater for this increasingly popular scene. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR006


Scarborough - Bus Stop

Outside the Torch Bar and the Luna Shopping Centre is the Transperth terminus for Scarborough Buses. The 400 bus departs/arrives here to/from Perth. Waiting right now is the 410 bound for Stirling Station. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR007


Scarborough - Blue House

Who can remember the "blue" house on Scarborough Beach Road, just north of central Scarborough? The house was a little controversial although I don't know if it was because of the colour, its distinctive design, its owner, a bit of all three, or something entirely different. On this site it stood until it was demolished a few years ago. The design and strong colours of this new building don't look a whole lot different in some ways. January 2011. Photos Ref: SCAR008


Scarborough - Sun-Moon Restaurant

On Scarborough Beach Road opposite Observation City is the Sun-Moon Restaurant. A rather pleasant looking building but one that can be easily missed by the passing motorist. January 2011. Photos Ref: SCAR009


Scarborough - Quest Apartments

Quest serviced apartments is quite a new building on the corner of Scarborough Beach and Brighton Roads. Quest is a chain which has serviced apartment buildings all over the country. January 2011. Photos Ref: SCAR010


Scarborough - West Beach Lagoon

On The Esplanade overlooking the ocean is West Beach Lagoon. This is the Scarborough Beach Road face. These holiday apartments have been here for around 25 years. January 2011. Photos Ref: SCAR011


Scarborough - West Coast Seas Holiday Accommodation

The West Coast Seas Holiday Apartments are set back off West Coast Highway near Manning Street. Since this photo was taken, the building has been demolished and a new semi-high rise now occupies the site. January 2011. Photos Ref: SCAR012

(Since demolished)


Scarborough - Indigo Lodge Backpackers

On the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Brighton Road, just slightly south of the centre of Scarborough, is this backpackers lodge. The building was erected in 1934 and was then known as Paringa Flats. Paringa Tea Rooms was on the ground floor. January 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR013

(Since demolished)


Scarborough - White Sands Hotel

A very popular hotel back in the 1970/1980's and indeed still a a popular place to go these days after a dip in the ocean. This is the only view you can get of the White Sands as the other side is now obscured by new buildings. January 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR014


Scarborough - Indie Bar at Indian Ocean Hotel

Part of the Indian Ocean Hotel complex is the Indie Bar Live. This is the view from Hastings Street. January 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR015


Scarborough - Grace Street Shops

On Scarborough Beach Road and facing Grace Street is a row of shops. Here are a couple of them. The shopping centre commenced in 1945/1946 and has been extended over the years. March 2017. Photos Ref: SCAR016


Scarborough - Contacio's Bar Site

On the north east corner of Scarborough Beach Road and West Coast Highway is a building of substantial size which has seen better days. Contacio's occupies a small albeit prominent section and the name has often been applied to the whole complex. September 2017. Photos Ref: SCAR017

(Demolished in about December 2018)


Scarborough - Contacio's Bar Site

A close up of Contacio's. The whole of this structure is now almost empty. Very soon the place is to be bulldozed to make way for a brand new 40-storey twin-tower building which will contain many hotel rooms, a convention centre and public amenities. It will certainly change the face of Scarborough. September 2017. Photos Ref: SCAR018

(Demolished in about December 2018)


Scarborough - Contacio's Bar Site

In the Contacio complex facing Scarborough Beach Road is Scarborough Beach Cycles. It closed only about a week ago. September 2017. Photos Ref: SCAR019

(Demolished in about December 2018)


Scarborough - Contacio's Bar Site

In the Contacio complex facing Scarborough Beach Road are these now vacant shops. September 2017. Photos Ref: SCAR020

(Demolished in about December 2018)


Scarborough - Contacio's Bar Site

The entrance to the interior rear of the building off Scarborough Beach Road. September 2017. Photos Ref: SCAR021

(Demolished in about December 2018)


Scarborough - Contacio's Bar Site

Looking north from the east side of Scarborough Beach Road. September 2017. Photos Ref: SCAR022

(Demolished in about December 2018)


Scarborough - Contacio's Bar Site

Now just a sandy, vacant block. This is looking down from high up on a vacant block off Filburn Street. February 2019. Photos Ref: SCAR023


Scarborough - Ramada

The Ramada by Wyndham Vetroblu Hotel on Scarborough Beach Road. February 2019. Photos Ref: SCAR024


Scarborough - Former Hall

This former hall on Scarborough Beach Road is now occupied by O'Rourke Realty. February 2019. Photos Ref: SCAR025


Scarborough - Catholic Church

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on the corner of Scarborough Beach and Deanmore Roads. There is no Foundation Stone. February 2019. Photos Ref: SCAR026


Scarborough - Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach looking north. White sands and wheel tracks and a few people rugged up against a sharp sou'wester. October 2007. Photos Ref: SCAR027


Scarborough - Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach looking south along the beach. A very windy day - a good day for kite flying. October 2007. Photos Ref: SCAR028


Scarborough - Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach looking out to sea. A few kite surfers and hardy folk brave a cool and windy day. October 2007. Photos Ref: SCAR029


Scarborough - Surf Lookout Tower

This is the Scarborough Surf Club tower from which lifesavers keep an eye on beach patrons. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR030


Scarborough - Scarborough Beach

No swimming, the sign says, but it seems to little effect on some, but then what do you expect? Look what someone has stuck on the bottom-right of the sign. Disobey! October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR031


Scarborough - Scarborough Beach

A look down the beach towards the south complete with a few surfers and moderate-sized waves rolling in. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR032


Scarborough - Ship and Surfers

The ship STX Pan Ocean sits off-shore. In the foreground a couple of lads wait for a wave. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR033


Scarborough - Greater Crested Terns

A pair of rather curious-looking greater crested terns on the beach complete with their distinctive head tufts. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR034


Scarborough - Surf Clubrooms

Off behind the Scarborough Surf Club tower are the modern Surf Club rooms. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR035

(August 2016 update: This building was recently demolished)


Scarborough - Pine Trees

These Norfolk Island pines are characteristic of the coast line running from around here all the way south to Cottesloe. This is a view looking south west from the car park not far from the West Beach Lagoon apartments. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR036


Scarborough - Beach Shelter

This boomerang shaped structure provides a bit of relief when the sun is melting everything and is located at the beach main entrance, at the end of Scarborough Beach Road. At the rear is the Rendezvous Observation City Hotel. October 2012. Photos Ref: SCAR037


Scarborough - Intersection on West Coast Highway

Looking south on West Coast Highway at the Scarborough Beach Road intersection. This view hasn't changed a lot in decades. October 2007. Photos Ref: SCAR038

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